RANKING THE SEASONS

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place that experiences multiple seasons, you’re lucky enough. If you get all four seasons then you, my friend, have hit the jackpot of locations to be in. Seasons make life so much more fun because you get to target activities around the weather. And also because you get to shift your closet based on the weather. More choices to be fashionable or comfortable depending on your style. The changing seasons are also Mother Nature’s sign of certain milestones throughout the year that one can look forward to.

Not everywhere in the world gets the full season spectrum. Especially in the modern world, unfortunately. Seems like more often than not the four seasons are starting to become the two seasons with a short transition period in between. For those of us who would like to reminisce on the beauty of four full seasons, or for those of us who don’t truly know what all four are, let’s break it down real quick. Spring: the blooming, warming up one. Summer: the hot, sweaty one. Fall: the crisp, cooling down one. Winter: the cold, frigid one. 

Depending on where you live, the time of year when the mythical being that is a season change appears is different. Some of us follow the Northern Hemisphere version where we start the year in Winter, transition to Spring around April, start to really feel Summer in June, get an always too short taste of fall in October, and sometimes hit the Winter cycle again by November / December. Some of us live closer to the Equator and simply get hot, hotter, and hottest seasons. And still some of us live in the Southern Hemisphere where the seasons are flipped. Winter is Summer, Spring is Fall, Summer is Winter, and Fall is Spring. I should not be a science teacher, but there’s a quick one paragraph breakdown anyway.

Alright, now that we all feel smarter, or maybe dumber, unclear how helpful that overview was, let’s talk about which seasons are the best and which ones are not as cool. According to me. The Restless Professional. You may feel differently and I guess that’s fine. You do you. I’m doing me. Since there are only four, that leaves plenty of room for the justification to my hypothesis around this topic:

  1. Fall
  2. Spring
  3. Summer
  4. Winter

There you have it. Four simple placements of the seasons. I think we should start at the top and work our way down because it’s in a nice numerical list and that’s the traditional way to read those. Fall is the best season. Hands down. This wasn’t even a competition for first place. Fall is when the sauna that is a Summer season finally starts to chill the eff out and you can enjoy being outside. It offers fun outfit combos where you can wear pants and a t-shirt, shorts and a long sleeve shirt, optional light jackets, optional boots … essentially if you own it, you can wear it. Fall also brings back a sports lineup that everyone can appreciate. American football, actual football, basketball, hockey, and winter sports to name a few. If you’re not a sports fan, you still get Halloween, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple picking, PSLs, etc. The weather is perfect. The activity options are endless. There’s always a million things to do, including Oktoberfest celebrations, and literally any outdoor activity. What more could you want?

Moving into the middle tier. Spring pretty easily took spot number 2 from Summer simply because while it brings us warmer temperatures, it doesn’t kill us in the process. It also is when the flowers start to bloom and honestly, plant person or not, there is something beautiful about some fresh flowers on the ground, or on the trees. It also brings us a classic golf tournament, spring break, and the Easter bunny. Nobody can tell me that hunting for free candy gets old. You also get the anticipation of summer vacations. Summer came in a close third because of aforementioned summer vacations. Despite the hellish heat outside, what better time of year to be somewhere on the water? And packing for trips is always minimal because you’re wearing minimal clothing. Baseball comes back, you get big sports tournaments such as the Olympics and World Cups every few years, and the days stay light forever so you can party longer.

Bringing up the rear is Winter. Some of you may be wondering why Winter is last when it’s the holiday season. Well, in my experience, Winter doesn’t show it’s true ugly head until after the New Year. So, essentially, Fall hangs on through the most exciting part. Taking the holidays out of the equation, you have winter sports, which are awesome. That’s pretty much the only time one wants to be outdoors, though, and there are never enough layers to truly feel comfortable in the cold, wind, snow, sleet, and rain. Besides, the sky is almost exclusively gray and it’s a bit depressing.

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